Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Chamizal National Monument. B+

By Barb & Greg:Chamizal-original-border-marker (Small)

“Chamizal National Monument which celebrates Mexican-American friendship and goodwill. It is a memorial to the peaceful settlement of a long-standing dispute over the location of the international boundary between El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juarez in Chihuahua.

On August 29, 1963, after more than a century of arguing about who owned  Chamizal_Tract_Sketch (Small)the piece of land that was created by the meandering of the Rio Grande, the question was finally settled by the Convention of the Chamizal. By this agreement, the Rio Grande was constrained within a concrete channel, which acts as the permanent border between the two nations.

Chamizal Nat-Mon-mural .2 (Small)More than 5,000 people residing in the disputed area were relocated at the expense of both governments. In addition, a portion of the former Mexican land that now lay in the United States was set aside by the federal government for recreational and cultural use -Chamizal National  Memorial.

Today the site is host to "Music UndeChamizal Visitos Center-Both-flags (Small)r the Stars" - a series of outdoor concerts, many festivals and special events celebrating the two cultures.”
From: http://www.mytripjournal.com/travel-509013

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Here is the National Parks version: http://www.nps.gov/cham/historyculture/rio-grand-floods-and-the-chamizal-issue.htm

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Mexican-American friendship and goodwill seems to have got lost somewhere, though.

Today’s Chuckle:
Heaven is Where:
The Police are British,
The Chefs are Italian,
The Mechanics are German,
The Lovers are French
It's all organized by the Swiss.

Hell is Where:
The Police are German,
The Chefs are British,
The Mechanics are French,
The Lovers are Swiss
It's all organized by the Italians.

This morning Jay and I did several jobs.  After wiping down my range hood we put a new charcoal filter in it.  We replaced a toilet seat in the big bathroom, took some stuff up into my attic, and brought 2 boxes down.  These are the original boxes to things that are under warranty, and are defective.  Now I can return them.

Also we repaired the little damage that the leaky trolley top window had caused in the Class B+.   Water had run down and messed up the top, bottom and sides of a little lower cupboard that is under the furnace, which is under the smallest of the three closets. 
We replaced the wood around it, so the little door would close again. That little alcove is across from the kitchen so it is a great place for a little trash can.  Now that the little door will close, I can put it back there.

Lovely “windows open” weather in the Lone Star State again today.

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